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January 24 – National Peanut Butter Day

 

Today is Nat’l Peanut Butter Day


 

 
You might like peanut butter in candy, cookies, as a sandwich, or straight from the jar, January 24th is your day to celebrate your favorite form of Peanut Butter….smooth or crunchy.

But, where did peanut butter come from? Who invented it? Let us find out. Some of the answers may surprise you. And then, how about a few recipes for our favorite food?
 
 

A Little History of the Peanut and Peanut Butter 

 
 

 
Believe it or not peanut butter was not invented by Dr. George Washington Carver. Let us go back in time a bit. Peanuts can be traced back as far as 950 BC and are originally from South America. The Incas used peanuts and made them into a paste-like substance.

Peanuts were transported from South America to Africa by early explorers of the new world. Through trade they were introduced to Spain. The Spanish used them in trade with their American colonies. Peanuts were not commercially grown as a crop until around 1818 in North Carolina and later in Virginia about the early to mid 1840’s.

Dr George Washington Carver comes into the peanut picture during his research to assist the South’s economy after the American Civil War. Devastated by the war and years of cotton and tobacco farming the soil had become depleted. Dr Carver was able to convince southern farmers to follow his suggestions to plant crops other than cotton and tobacco. By planting peanuts and other crops the region was able to begin to recover economically.

Dr Carver did discover three hundred uses for peanuts. Peanut butter was just one of those uses. He began encouraging the many uses of peanut products including, peanut butter, in 1880. But, Dr Carver did not patent peanut butter because he believed food products were gifts from God.

A patent was not issued for peanut butter until 1895. The patent was issued to Dr. John Harvey Kellogg for the “Process of Preparing Nut Meal”. His nut meal used peanuts. Dr Kellogg had been serving peanut butter to his patients at his Battle Creek Sanitarium.

Joseph Lambert, who worked for Dr. Kellogg, created and began selling his own hand-operated peanut butter grinder in 1896. The first nut cookbook was published in 1899 by his wife, Almeta Lambert and was called “The Complete Guide to Nut Cookery”.

A physician in St Louis, Dr. Ambrose Straub, used peanut butter as a method for providing toothless elderly with protein. He invented and patented a peanut butter making machine in 1903.

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January 22 – National Blonde Brownie Day

 

National Blonde Brownie Day


 
 
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If you’re looking for something to do today take a walk on the wild side and munch on some blonde brownies.
 
So since blonde brownies aren’t the “normal” brownie we all know and love, they get their own holiday and that’s today!
 
 
This light-colored treat was actually invented in Upper Sandusky, Ohio and there’s a reason why they’re so light. Normally cocoa is added to give a brownie it’s dark brown color and familiar taste, but there is no cocoa in blonde brownies. They contain a good amount of alternate sweetness instead, brown sugar! So these brownies should still satisfy your sweet tooth.
 
 

Blonde Brownie recipe

-Author Unknown

 
 
These brownies also contain baking powder, baking soda, brown sugar, salt, butter, flour, eggs, vanilla and whatever else you’d like to add. Most people like to add white chocolate or chocolate chips to their blonde brownies as well as nuts, toffee and coconut. You can get really creative with these brownies.
 
 
 

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National Salsa Month – Recipe #12 – Simple Salsa

 

Please enjoy the twelfth recipe of the month for National Salsa Month: Simple Salsa
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
Salsa Recipe Book
 

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National Salsa Month – Recipe #11 – Creamy Salsa Dip

 

 

 

Please enjoy the eleventh recipe of the month for National Salsa Month: Creamy Salsa Dip

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Salsas of the World
 

 

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National Salsa Month – Recipe #8- Four-Citrus Salsa

 

 
Please enjoy the eighth recipe of the month for National Salsa Month: Four-Citrus Salsa
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
Truly Mexican: Essential Recipes and Techniques for Authentic Mexican Cooking
 
 

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May 4 – National Orange Juice Day

 
One of the most popular juices in the United States, orange juice benefits are a great source of Vitamin C, Folic Acid, and potassium. Consuming orange juice with high iron food helps the body absorb iron better.

When buying orange juice make sure the label states 100% juice, not from concentrate. Be careful not to over indulge (1 cup daily, 1/2 cup for children) as it can have an adverse effect on your body. Eat the whole orange, it’s much better for you.

Mix orange juice with spice and it makes a great meat marinade. It can also be reduced and used as a glaze for sweets or meat.

There are not many holidays in May that you can celebrate a drink that can be used as a marinade and use as an ingredient.

To celebrate this day check special promotions or sales at supermarkets in honor of National Orange Juice Day. Individuals who want to celebrate the occasion can try their hand at making some freshly squeezed orange juice (or simply buy some from the store) and then share it with coworkers or family members.
 
 
 

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National Salsa Month – Recipe #3- Pear-Chutney Salsa

 

 

 

Please enjoy the third recipe of the month for National Salsa Month: Pear-Chutney Salsa
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
Salsas That Cook : Using Classic Salsas To Enliven Our Favorite Dishes
 
 
 

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May 2 – National Truffles Day

 
Today is the day for all of you that crave a silky-smooth chocolate ball, otherwise known as a truffle. Try making your own. Easy truffle recipes are plentiful online.

If you are looking for a great truffle recipe this one is hard to beat.

The chocolate truffle was first created by Antoine Dufour in Chambéry, France in 1895. They reached a wider public with the establishment of the Prestat chocolate shop in London by Antoine Dufour in 1902, which still sells “Napoleon III” truffles to the original recipe. There are now three main types of chocolate truffles: American, European, and Swiss:

The “American truffle” is a half-egg shaped chocolate-coated truffle, a mixture of dark or milk chocolates with butterfat and, in some cases, hardened coconut oil. Joseph Schmidt, a San Francisco chocolatier, and founder of Joseph Schmidt Confections, is credited with its creation in the mid-1980s.[1]

  • A Canadian variation of the American truffle, known as the Harvey truffle, includes the addition of graham cracker crumbs and peanut butter. Other American companies may shape their truffles similar to that of peanut butter cups.

The “European truffle” is made with syrup and a base made up of cocoa powder, milk powder, fats, and other such ingredients to create an oil-in-water type emulsion.

The “Swiss truffle” is made by combining melted chocolate into a boiling mixture of dairy cream and butter, which is poured into molds to set before sprinkling with cocoa powder. Unlike the previous two kinds of truffles, these have a very short shelf-life and must be consumed within a few days of making.[2]

The “raw” truffle is made by combining coconut oil, raw cacao and raw yacon syrup or raw agave, then rolling them in either raw, shredded coconut, raw cacao and/or chopped almonds.[3]
 
 
 
 
[1] “Sweet surrender”, Los Angeles Times, February 8, 2006

[2] Chocolate, Cocoa, and Confectionery: Science and Technology by Bernard W. Minifie (1999), page 545.

[3] Mäni Niall, Sweet!: From Agave to Turbinado, Home Baking with Every Kind of Natural, p. 202, 2008 Oct 1.
 
 
 

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National Barbecue Month

 
May is National Barbecue Month, like we need a reason to BBQ.
 
 
The unofficial beginning of summer is here. Everyone should be getting their BBQ’s clean and ready, BBQ utensils out of the shed and finding those meats on sale to freeze for upcoming BBQ’s.

I can’t wait until I smell the scent of BBQ in the air, one of my fav’s.

BBQ’ing adds a flavor you just can’t be replicated in an oven or on a counter top grill. Not to mention the calories saved by BBQ’ing. The range of items you can BBQ goes beyond the hamburger, your only limited by your imagination. BBQ til your hearts content.

Americans say the top pay-offs of grilling versus eating out or oven cooked meals include:
 

  • More flavorful food (81 percent of respondents)
  • Inexpensive compared to eating out (76 percent of respondents)
  • Easier clean up (67 percent of respondents)
  •             Easy Grilling Clean Up Tips

  • Healthier (64 percent of respondents)
  • Less cooking time (53 percent of respondents)
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    In California we have the Tri-tip, the perfect cut of meat for the BBQ. Everyone should be able to enjoy this cut of meat so I will post information on this in the next couple of days. e of days.
     
    This month look for bbq and grilling how to info, daily BBQ recipes on anything from recipes for BBQ sauce to desserts.
     
    I can taste the lemonade now, ahhhh.
     
     
     
     

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    National Physical Fitness and Sports Month

    National Physical Fitness and Sports Month - Get moving!May 1st – 31st is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month.

    What a great time to promote the benefits of physical activity for adults.

    Getting active increases your chances of living longer and can help you:

       *Control your blood pressure, blood sugar, and     weight
       *Raise your “good” cholesterol
       *Prevent heart disease, colorectal cancer, and     type 2 diabetes

    Here are some tips to help you get active:

      *Aim for at least 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate activity a week. This     includes things like walking fast, dancing, or biking.

      *Do muscle-strengthening activities at least 2 days a week. Be sure to     strengthen all major muscle groups including the legs, hips, back, chest,     stomach, shoulders, and arms.

    It’s also the perfect time to teach your children a healthy lifestyle and help combat childhood obesity by getting your child more physically active and interested in sports.

    Getting your child involved in soccer, t-ball, flag football, or gymnastics, etc., can help them build motor skills, encourage a healthy lifestyle and continued physical activity as they get older. Although some parents may want to avoid the competitive environment, it’s important to remember most youth sports for younger kids are non-competitive.

    Unfortunately, around age 9 is when many sports begin to get competitive. If your child isn’t interested in competitive sports take this month to find a sport or league that can get them more active. Check your local YMCA, schools, and church leagues.
     
     
     
     
    Presidential Proclamation–National Physical Fitness and Sports Month
     
     
    For info:
    President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, Dept W, Tower Building, Ste 560, 1101 Wootton Pkwy, Rockville, MD 20852.
    Phone: (240) 276-9567. Fax: (240) 276-9860.
    Web: www.fitness.gov or www.presidentschallenge.org.
     
     
     
     

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